History Film / TheWickerMan

28th Nov '16 3:52:44 PM crl85
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* PottyFailure: Edward Woodward and Robin Hardy were urinated on by a frightened goat sitting in the chamber above them in the wicker man while filming the climax.
5th Nov '16 5:54:05 AM ProbableCod
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19th Oct '16 9:01:09 PM Angeldeb82
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Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (much change from the original however) in 2006 with NicolasCage.

To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[NicolasCage funniness]] than for being scary.

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Two films; there are tropes for both on this page. Robin Hardy's original film was made in 1973 with Creator/ChristopherLee as Lord Summerisle and Creator/EdwardWoodward as Sergeant Howie. It's a sort of suspense/horror/folk musical. Neil [=LaBute=] remade it (much change from the original however) in 2006 with NicolasCage.Creator/NicolasCage.

To sum it up it in the nicest terms possible: The original is generally considered to be an influential CultClassic within the horror film genre, and the remake is mostly viewed as inferior, and is probably better remembered for its moments of [[{{Narm}} unintentional]] [[NicolasCage [[Creator/NicolasCage funniness]] than for being scary.



** And then there's Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento dueting ''The Tinker of Rye'', an absolutely filthy song about a tinker [[UnusualEuphemism fixing a woman's kettle]]. The fact that they are both in full evening dress, and Lee is playing the melody for the song on a grand piano [[{{Bathos}} just add to the hilarity.]]

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** And then there's Christopher Lee and Diane Cilento dueting ''The Tinker of Rye'', an absolutely filthy song about a tinker [[UnusualEuphemism fixing a woman's kettle]]. The fact that they are both in full evening dress, and Lee is playing the melody for the song on a grand piano [[{{Bathos}} just add to the hilarity.]]hilarity]].



* BookEnds: The Final Cut begins and ends with an religious ceremony (and Howie [[spoiler:sings "The Lord's My Shepherd" at both of them)]].
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Howie doesn't believe in sex before marriage, and is therefore still a virgin. Willow does her best to seduce him [[spoiler: and fails, though Howie is literally trembling with desire.]]

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* BookEnds: The Final Cut begins and ends with an religious ceremony (and Howie [[spoiler:sings "The Lord's My Shepherd" at both of them)]].
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* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Howie doesn't believe in sex before marriage, and is therefore still a virgin. Willow does her best to seduce him [[spoiler: and fails, though Howie is literally trembling with desire.]]desire]].



* CreepyCrossdresser: Lord Summerisle dresses as a woman for the May Day parade.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity.]] The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a badass: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity.]] dignity]]. The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a badass: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]



* HumanSacrifice: The islanders sincerely believe that [[spoiler:[[HumanResources Howie's death will revitalise their crops]].]]

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* HumanSacrifice: The islanders sincerely believe that [[spoiler:[[HumanResources Howie's death will revitalise their crops]].]]crops]]]].



* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Summerisle, the island inhabitants, and some of Howie's co-workers from the original version's beginning and even Howie himself to an extent. Despite his [[AffablyEvil affability]], Lord Summerisle probably reigns supreme in this category; as the co-workers are minor, the inhabitants genuinely devout, and Howie at least genuinely wants to do the right thing. Summerisle has no real excuse.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Lord Summerisle, the island inhabitants, and some of Howie's co-workers from the original version's beginning and even Howie himself to an extent. Despite his [[AffablyEvil affability]], {{affab|lyEvil}}ility, Lord Summerisle probably reigns supreme in this category; as the co-workers are minor, the inhabitants genuinely devout, and Howie at least genuinely wants to do the right thing. Summerisle has no real excuse.



** Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with [[Creator/ChristopherLee Christopher Lee's]] normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.

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** Despite the island being somewhere off the coast of Scotland, Lord Summerisle speaks with [[Creator/ChristopherLee Christopher Lee's]] Creator/ChristopherLee's normal Received Pronunciation accent. Although being a member of the aristocracy, he was probably privately educated and had elocution lessons.



** Christopher Lee has a nicely subtle one when [[spoiler:Howie points out that if his own death doesn't help the next harvest, the villagers will likely conclude that only Summerisle himself will be a large enough sacrifice to satisfy their gods.]]

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** Christopher Lee has a nicely subtle one when [[spoiler:Howie points out that if his own death doesn't help the next harvest, the villagers will likely conclude that only Summerisle himself will be a large enough sacrifice to satisfy their gods.]]gods]].



* {{Troll}}: Starting with the letter, the people of Summerisle subject Howie to an amazingly thorough bout of trolling. They clearly know all of his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] and push them at exactly the right moments.

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* {{Troll}}: Starting with the letter, the people of Summerisle subject Howie to an amazingly thorough bout of trolling. They clearly know all of his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] {{Berserk Button}}s and push them at exactly the right moments.



* VillainousCrossdresser: Lord Summerisle dresses as a woman for the May Day parade.



* ChewingTheScenery: NicolasCage, '''all the time'''.

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* ChewingTheScenery: NicolasCage, Creator/NicolasCage, '''all the time'''.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Edward is set-up by his ex-girlfriend and her daughter, and gets sacrificed inside a giant wicker man in flames]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Edward is set-up by his ex-girlfriend and her daughter, and gets sacrificed inside a giant wicker man in flames]].flames.]]



* LargeHam: NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose.]]

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* LargeHam: NicolasCage. One can easily suspect he [[HamAndCheese knew how awful the film was and overacted on purpose.]]purpose]].



* PlotAllergy: Most of the story takes place on an island famous for beekeeping and Edward happens to have a bee allergy. [[TooDumbToLive He doesn't appear to bring any medicine or backup with him to prepare for this]].

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* PlotAllergy: Most of the story takes place on an island famous for beekeeping and Edward happens to have a bee allergy. [[TooDumbToLive He doesn't appear to bring any medicine or backup with him to prepare for this]].this.]]
15th Oct '16 8:21:49 PM Fireblood
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* LukeYouAreMyFather: Willow reveals to Malus that yes, Rowan is his daughter, after he gets suspicious. The islanders apparently believe it was necessary to have a sacrifice with a blood connection to one of their people.
15th Oct '16 8:15:21 PM Fireblood
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Scotland Doubling--the aerial shots from the sequence in which Howie flies into Summerisle were actually filmed in South Africa, because the film's budget wouldn't allow them, according to director Hardy, "to glue blossom to that many trees".



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%% * CelibateHeroCelibateHero: Howie, as a conservative Christian and bachelor who doesn't believe in sex outside marriage. He's sorely tempted during the film however.



* HolierThanThou: Sgt. Howie's behaviour is, depending on interpretation, either that of a sanctimonious prude, that of a deeply honourable and upright officer motivated by his faith or both.

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* HolierThanThou: Sgt. Howie's behaviour behavior is, depending on interpretation, either that of a sanctimonious prude, that of a deeply honourable and upright officer motivated by his faith or both.



* PathOfInspiration: {{Lampshaded}}. Lord Summerisle openly admits that his ancestor was a "Victorian freethinker" and propagated Celtic paganism among the villagers only to ensure social stability. It is strongly implied he also sees the local religion as a tool of control.

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* PathOfInspiration: {{Lampshaded}}. Lord Summerisle openly admits that his ancestor was a "Victorian freethinker" and propagated Celtic paganism among the villagers only to ensure social stability. It is strongly implied he also sees the local religion merely as a tool of control.



* ThemeNaming: All the townsfolk are named for trees or plants. May Morrison, gets a doubly symbolic name, with May not only being a plant (another name for hawthorn), but also a month of fertility. And when an islander dies, they plant the tree the deceased was named after on the grave, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSvJgRSiJSM to symbolize that death is part of the cycle of life.]]

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* ThemeNaming: All the townsfolk are named for trees or plants. May Morrison, Morrison gets a doubly symbolic name, with May not only being a plant (another name for hawthorn), but also a month of fertility. And when an islander dies, they plant the tree the deceased was named after on the grave, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSvJgRSiJSM to symbolize that death is part of the cycle of life.]]



* VirginPower: As a staunch Christian, Howie is a firm opponent of sex before marriage and displays strength of will by keeping to his beliefs. [[spoiler: In spite of being quite opposed to Howie's belief, the Pagan residents of Summerisle also think think his purity gives him certain spiritual qualities.]]

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* VirginPower: As a staunch Christian, Howie is a firm opponent of sex before marriage and displays strength of will by keeping to his beliefs. [[spoiler: In spite of being quite opposed to Howie's belief, the Pagan pagan residents of Summerisle also think think his purity gives him certain spiritual qualities.]]



* GenderFlip: Lord Summerisle was rewritten as Sister Summerisle

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* GenderFlip: Lord Summerisle was rewritten as Sister Summerisle Summerisle.
13th Oct '16 6:39:59 AM JRSL88
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* CaptainObvious: During the scene where Howie is in a classroom:
-->'''Howie:''' "I am a police officer. [[LampshadeHanging (laughs at it a bit)]] [[LampshadeHanging As you can see.]]"
6th Oct '16 3:07:56 PM VenomLancerHae
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* GiantMook: Oak.

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%% * GiantMook: Oak.
5th Oct '16 2:57:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* FakeShemp: Britt Ekland would only agree to shoot her nude scenes from the waist up. A body double was secretly used for the naked rear shots of Willow dancing. The scenes were filmed after she had left the set. After shooting was over, not only was Ekland furious to learn she had been doubled in some shots but that she was also a few weeks pregnant in that scene.
2nd Sep '16 6:05:37 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
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* GambitRoulette: The islander's plan would have fallen apart before it started, if Edward hadn't [[spoiler: been knocked unconscious while trying to save the two women in the burning car, allowing them to escape unseen]]. ThePlan only becomes more dependent on luck from that point on, considering how much of it required him to notice the right thing or even be facing the right direction at the right time.

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* GambitRoulette: The islander's plan would have fallen apart before it started, if Edward hadn't [[spoiler: been knocked unconscious while trying to save the two women in the burning car, allowing them to escape unseen]]. ThePlan only becomes more dependent on luck [[LuckBasedMission luck]] from that point on, considering how much of it required him to notice the right thing or even be facing the right direction at the right time.



* WouldHitAGirl: Sending elderly ladies flying into walls with karate-side kicks, in fact. Cage's character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiV2BUlFzk8 punches one woman while wearing a suit and tie]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOpsbAUEe90 punches another while wearing a bear costume]], {{kick|TheDog}}s Creator/LeeleeSobieski, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo bikejacks another woman at gunpoint]]. Which has all been condensed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-LYbB8RY1o here]]. To said character's defense, he thinks they're all conspiring to [[VirginSacrifice burn a little girl alive]]. [[spoiler: That's what they ''want'' him to think.]]

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* WouldHitAGirl: Sending elderly ladies flying into walls with karate-side kicks, in fact. Cage's character [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiV2BUlFzk8 punches one woman while wearing a suit and tie]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOpsbAUEe90 punches another while wearing a bear costume]], {{kick|TheDog}}s {{kick|TheSonOfABitch}}s Creator/LeeleeSobieski, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6i2WRreARo bikejacks another woman at gunpoint]]. Which has all been condensed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-LYbB8RY1o here]]. To said character's defense, he thinks they're all conspiring to [[VirginSacrifice burn a little girl alive]]. [[spoiler: That's what they ''want'' him to think.]]
2nd Sep '16 11:58:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity.]] The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a {{Badass}}: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The movie has Howie [[FaceDeathWithDignity die with dignity.]] The novelization by [[WordOfGod the director and writer of the original film]] actually has him die being a {{Badass}}: badass: actually freeing a flock of birds from the Wicker Man's arm ''as it's burning'', because he feels that, as long as he saves ''some'' sort of life, his police mission will have not been completely in vain.]]
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